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Flagstaff, AZ – Coconino Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are investigating two residential burglaries that occurred in the Doney Park Community. The first burglary occurred between the dates of July 4th, and 5th 2015 at a residence located on Rojo; the other one occurred sometime before July 2nd at a residence located on Marilee Lane. Investigators had no substantial information that would lead to the identity and possible arrest of a suspect or suspects.
On July 20, 2015 detectives were contacted by the parents of two teenage boys who also reside in the Doney Park Community. According to the concerned parents their sons were in the possession of a large amount of expensive items that did not belong to either of the boys or their parents. With the parents’ permission Investigators contacted and interviewed both of the suspects. During the interview both boys made statements implicating themselves in the crimes. With the parents’ cooperation and assistance Investigators recovered numerous items that did not belong to either of the two suspects. Many of the items recovered were positively identified as being taken during the two previously described residential burglaries. Some of the recovered items are listed below.
• Seven firearms• Laptop Computer• Play Station with games• Twenty-seven tactical or combat type long knives • Three ammo boxes containing as many as a thousand rounds of ammunition
Both Juveniles were charged with 2 counts each of Residential Burglary and 2 counts each of Felony Theft and were booked into the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Facility. One of the two Juveniles was also charged with 1 count of Trafficking Stolen Property.
Investigators also recovered several items that did not belong to the Juveniles. However, there are no reports listing them as being taken in a burglary. One of these items is a large car speaker that is approximately 3’ in length and 1’ wide. The speaker was allegedly taken from a ministorage locker located in the Doney Park area. Community members who are victims of burglaries or any other crimes and who live in rural unincorporated areas of the county are urged to report these crimes to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Remember our investigators can’t recover your property if they don’t know its missing.
Residential Burglary Prevention Tips
• Make your home look occupied.• Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.• Lock all outside doors and windows any time you leave the house, even if you are only leaving for a short time, and before you go to bed.• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. Have adequate exterior lighting.• Keep your garage door closed and locked. Also lock your garden shed and outbuildings. Use curtains on garage and basement windows.• Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick them up regularly. • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all of your outside doors. Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen. Most windows can be pinned for security.Make sure your door hinges are on the inside. • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders. • An alarm system can be used for additional security. If your alarm is going off, do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
If Your Home is Broken Into
• Use a neighbor's phone to call police. • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase, original value, and serial numbers. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory. Keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters as well. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.• Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9¬1¬1 immediately. • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group which can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089